So the first subject I decided on for this Winter Spring Home school Co-op is the Middle Ages. We have done this subject previously about 3 years ago. I am using some of my previous lesson plans but I am also adding in some new stuff from the book: The Story of The World Volume 2: Middle Ages.
Our plans include studying:
Castles: which will also lead into studying the castles in our state and sketching them
Medieval Life: we will learn how to juggle as the jesters did
Mapping: we will be mapping out how different parts of the Middle Ages developed, such as the Roman Empire and the Spread of Islam
Building Castles: this is one thing we have done previously, we take lots of cardboard tubes and long boxes and create castles
Manuscripts: we will study what these are and then using tea we…
This week was not as productive in the academics as I was hoping it would be. I am not concerned because we school pretty much year round and this school year started in July. According to our state I have a 2 month jump on this current years work.
This week we had our regular co-op classes on Monday. This session of classes are:
Human Body Systems
The system of study this week was the Digestive System. Here is a picture from the class.
I am going to focus this post on how our co-op works. But, I will finish my week in review first. Here is a quick list of what we accomplished:
Attended a friends soccer game
Some Easy Peasy
Math drills each day
Reports written for the month (we try to do one a month)
Soccer (my son Gamer coached, photo above)
Dinner at a friends house (also helped her with her homeschool paperwork)
Fire Department Field Trip
Pumpkin Carving for the Nursing Home
Loading, unloading, and stacking fire wood
Dinner at another friends house
Jewelry party tomorrow
Barn Dance tomorrow also
Our homeschool co-op is really a homeschool class because at this point I teach them all. I have tried to have others take over the work of running a class but this has not worked out. I love teaching these mainly hands-on classes, so I don’t mind at all. My daughter Director has been a great help in the Choir class.
This year I tried something different. I had families sign-up and pay a very small supply fee to take the K-6 classes. In the past it was hit or miss whether students came to the classes. This year with that small supply fee and a registration portion we have had a wonderfully full class each week. In past years it has also been very expensive for me supply all the items for classes. This year is so much better.
Another thing I tried this year was just having an 8 week session for each season. We have the Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. Here is the breakdown of the classes per session:
The Human Body (K-6th)
Choir (all ages)
Career Readiness (7th-12th)
Exploring Weather (K-6)
Drama Club (all ages)
Dissection 101 (4th-12th)
Beginning Botany (K-6)
Garage Band (all ages)
The classes that say K-6 are really geared to all the way up to 11th grade but not 100% of the time so I listed those grades instead.
The classes I teach are things I would be doing with my children anyway. These classes are an extension of our learning at home. The children really enjoy doing the science projects with a group. The science classes are all hands-on with a small bit of talking in between projects. There is always a snack also.
The classes run for 3 hours on Mondays at the local library. The library has a wonderful meeting room that they let us use. The room has a full kitchen, complete sound system, full video projector and computer access, and it’s own bathroom. The library also provides chairs, tables, cups, plates, and serving tray and bowls. It really is an amazing space. This meeting space is also free to use.
I have a regular blog where I post what our homeschool co-op is doing each week: Crazy8 Homeschool Co-ops On that blog I will post the rest of the pictures from this weeks classes and helpful info about running a co-op type class.
Our family is in our 23rd year homeschooling and with Princess only turning 5 next month we are in this for the long haul. I think families feel comfortable with me teaching and I hope they see how much I love doing it 🙂 Families come up to me each week thanking me for teaching the classes and I am glad they appreciate it.